Salt Shaker Project Finished!

After 4 months work I turned in the completed salt shaker project today!  I'm really happy with the way things turned out.

project-overview

To give you an overview, the project is designed as a collection of curious items designed to generate stories.  Everything is packaged in a snug little non-descript box designed to look like a sealed filing container of dead letters from something called the "Lampson Atmospheric Post".  On the front are the regulations governing the "dead letter office".  Here's the box in its natural habitat.

book-shelf

Inside the box, you will find a hand-written note from an Atmospheric Postal Clerk explaining that the box contains strange undeliverable letters collected over the years from an old pneumatic mail system.  The letters, 40 some in all, include 14 "interesting" pictures, and several dozen strange words and phrases.

word-cards

Although I invented a few of the words on the word cards, most are real English words that have gone out of usage.  Things like widdershins, rag and bone man, and loblolly boy.  Each is written out in hand lettering.  Rather than defining each word, they are accompanied by a short passage of text or  a poem that relates to the meaning.

If you've been following the blog, I've been posting media studies for many of the illustrations.  The final versions are pencil renderings with watercolor washes.  Here are a few of my favorites in their final versions:

Snail statues at the library:

snail

A curious mugshot:

mugshot

A picture of the kids:

glasses

Aftermath of the forest fire:

burned-forest

An artifact:

artifact

Some post-it notes:

post-it-note

The old town lighthouse:

lighthouse

Some fallen leaves:

lables

Reading the newspaper with a friend:

grass

A dissection:

dissection

And a field of wheat:

field

The back of each card is an official Atmospheric Post letter complete with postage stamp, cancelation, and processing stamps.  Each of the 40 or so backs is unique:

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